There are few things more exciting (and nerve-wracking) than moving into your first apartment. Getting your own place lets you decorate and design a home that represents you and your personal style.
Of course, moving into a new apartment carries with it a bunch of new responsibilities. From finding a place to getting moving quotes to actually moving your possessions, many people feel overwhelmed when moving. With that in mind, here are a few moving tips for first-time apartment renters that will help your first move go as smoothly as possible.
Get a moving quote
Moving quotes are given by moving companies as an estimate of how much their services will cost. Most reputable moving companies will send an in-person representative to take stock of your situation and give you a price for the move. You should avoid companies that do not give moving quotes in person. Pushing for online or over the phone moving quotes could be the sign of a moving scam.
Set up utilities before the move
You may be so focused on packing up your things you may forget to set up the utilities for your new place. Take some time to make sure the gas and electricity are turned on before you actually move in. That way you can begin to live in your place as soon as you move and won’t have to wait for power and water.
Change your mailing addresses
Odds are your bank account, credit cards, phone bills, and online subscriptions are linked to your previous address. Make sure to go an change your billing address for any things and make sure to notify the postal company to forward any old mail to your new address.
Buy cleaning supplies for your new apartment
One of the first things you’ll need to do when moving into your new apartment is to give it a good clean. Ideally, the leasing company should spruce the place up after the previous occupant, but it is sometimes better to do a fresh clean just before moving in. That way you can make sure everything is in place before moving all your possessions in.